Malawi Police on Tuesday night shoot down four suspected armed robbers who were among a gang that wanted to break into an electronic shop in the commercial town of Limbe in Blantyre.
Limbe Police Spokesperson Chifundo Chibwezo said a bunch of robbers wanted to rob the shop belonging to an Indian, a Mr Abdul, which is situated next to NBS Bank but their mission was foiled after guards alerted the police.
“The guards alerted Limbe Police and when our officers rushed to the scene, they found an unknown number of robbers who started running away. Police opened fired at them with an aim of disabling them unfortunately four of them died and their bodies are currently at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital mortuary,” explained Chibwezo.
The PRO further said the rest of the robbers managed to flee but investigations are underway to apprehend them.
“Our investigations have revealed that the deceased are habitual criminals who were already on our wanted list. They have sharp breaking tools and recently they also broke into Habib Wool Shop,” said Chibwezo, who could, however, not give full identities of the suspect except for their names which she said were Dickson, Masi, Chifundo and Chisale.
In another development, Police in the Southern Region say in their effort to main peace and order they have arrested 229 people, who included wanted notorious criminals, for various offences.
Police Spokesperson Edna Ligowe said the alleged criminals have been arrested in districts such as Blantyre, Chikhwawa, Thyolo, Mulanje, Chiradzulu, Nsanje and Mwanza in a sweeping exercise that started early this month.
“We have been carrying out sweeping exercises in various districts in readiness for a crime free festive season and the arrested people have been charged with various offences.”
She said among the offences include loitering without explained reasons, selling liquor without licenses and operating businesses outside designated hours.
During the exercise some suspects were reportedly found with items assumed to have been stolen, others with pistols and also Indian hemp.
And at Kanengo Police in the capital Lilongwe, 54 people were been arrested Tuesday night also for various offences.
Kanengo Police Publicist Alfred Chintere said all the 54- 13 females and 41 males- were apprehended for just loitering around the neighbourhood without any objective.
He said the suspects were arrested in Area 25, Area 49, Mgona and Mchezi. The men have been charged with rogue and vagabond while females have been charged with an offence of earning a living through prostitution.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :